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September 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Black Star Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

DATE: September 20, 2015

LOCATION: Arts + Labor

 

CALL TO ORDER 12:05p

ATTENDING DIRECTORS: Michael Handy, Charles Hueter, Annelies Lottman, Kenley Maddux, Joe Silva, and John Vinson

ATTENDING CO-OP STAFF: Nicole Renaux

 

Public Comments

None.

 

Consent Agenda and Action Item Review

Kenley and Annelies moved to add D.7 Planning and Budgeting to the agenda, Michael moved to add stock repurchase discussion, Ann B.6 Board Committees. Kenley moved to adopt as amended, SOMEONE seconds, vote passed 6-0-0.

 

A.4 Worker Treatment Policy Monitoring Report

Submitted and declared in compliance by Nicole.  The board discussed some details about staff turnover, most of which were in kitchen and pub team.  Kenley moved to adopt, Michael seconded, vote passed 6-0-0.

 

Operations Update

Nicole reported that live music is still in the early stages but shows promise.  Distribution sales are healthy, a loyalty rewards program might launch as early as October, the staff are waiting on permits for the patio shade project, and the co-op was well-represented at the Great American Beer Festival.

 

Leadership Development Committee Update

Michael reported the there are four candidates running and all are eligible.  John might be able to fill in temporarily if needed from January he said he is not likely to run again., maybe give M-O board discount for helping with board stuff and volunteering.

 

Adding 0.0 Policies to Calendar

Ann was concerned about the utility of the idea, whether we’d always say in compliance if the sub policies are all in compliance, maybe monitor them at the end of the board year, Ken suggests delegating to Nicole a calendar for future discussion.

 

System Audit Committee Update

Cole was not present but the current project should be complete and needs verification.  Nicole will take feedback from Ken and base further action on CDS suggestions.

 

2016 Board Roles and Committees

No volunteers for president at this time, so everyone will get trained as a backup and also get Survey Monkey training.  At the new board seating meeting, the board will discuss and assign the additional roles identified by the board to be filled: creating the board packet, tracking action items, direct volunteering, annual report creation, and timekeeper.

 

BREAK

1:17

 

Internal Session

Kenley moved to enter internal session at 1:28, SOMEONE seconds, vote passed 6-0-0. The board discussed the D.7 Planning and Budgeting and D.4 Financial Condition monitoring reports, the 2016 budget, and heard an update from Nicole on MISO operations.  SOMEONE moved to accept the , Annelies seconds, vote passed 6-0-0.  D7.3 major noncompliance, using best assumptions and historical data but the budgeting was wrong and need to be more conservative.  D4.4 change interpretation to 3-5%.  Q4 possible time for M-O card info harvesting.  Kenley moved to adopt D.7, Michael seconded, vote passed 6-0-0.

D4.3 and D4.4 noncompliance and things being triedD4.1 debt to equity is low.  D4 quick ratio of 1is ideal, WA recommended to up the average cash balance in savings account. 

Talked about loan progress.  Kenley moved to adopt, Joe seconded, vote passed 6-0-0.  Internal session ended at 2:55pm.

 

Annelies moved to adjourn 3:03pm, Charles seconded, vote passed 6-0-0.

2015 Election Wrap Up

On Friday October 30th, Black Star Co-op concluded the voting period for the new Board of Directors and the non-profit organizations to support in the upcoming year. We had 3 great candidates running for 3 available seats on the Board of Directors, and a slate of 22 local non-profits.

Here are your newly-elected Directors:

  • Beth Beutel
  • Cole Noppenberg
  • Marcus Wilson

We look forward to working with the following organizations in 2016:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Safe Place
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity
  • Meals on Wheels and More

Congratulations, everyone!

The Board would like to thank everyone for running, and it would especially like to express its deep gratitude to the out-going directors: Scott Kelley and John Vinson. These Directors have greatly contributed to the Co-op during their service on the Board, and their contributions will have long-term positive effects on Black Star for years to come.

July 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

DATE: July 19, 2015

LOCATION: Arts + Labor

CALL TO ORDER 12:05pm

ATTENDING DIRECTORS: Michael Handy, Charles Hueter, Scott Kelley, Annelies Lottman, Kenley Maddux, Cole Noppenberg, Joe Silva,and John Vinson

ATTENDING CO-OP STAFF: Dana

 

Public Comments

None.

 

Consent Agenda and Action Item Review

Dana said the Board needed to ratify the recent Board Staff Liaison election results where Nicole Reneaux (BSL) and Chris Byram (backup) were re-elected.  Annelies asked to remove the B.6 Board Committees report from the consent agenda because the report was not received.  Joe found a typo with the June minutes where WA was used instead of MA.  Kenley moved to accept the consent agenda with these three changes, Scott seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.

 

Proposed Policy Changes

The board had no comment on the changes proposed for B.4.3 Board Officers or B.5 Directors’ Responsibilities and Code of Conduct.  Ann and Scott suggested keeping the language from B.6.4 Board Committees.  The board discussed the language in the B and C policies in relation to committee authorityAnnelies thinks deleting C.4 is fine but wanted to go on the record that an uninteresting report is still worth having if it is useful or provides context later.  Scott moved to accept the proposals with the modification to keep B.6.4, Cole seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.

 

March Minutes Quick Vote

Kenley moved to adopt the March minutes, Michael seconded, Annelies and Scott abstained, vote passes 6-0-2.

 

B.4 Policy Monitoring Report

Kenley will follow up with his president’s responsibilities document in an e-mail the next week.  Scott offers to facilitate once he’s off the board.  Cole will work harder on the policy manual updates and Charles with stay connected with him on it’s progress. 

 

MISO Discussion

Kenley will adjust the factual corrections brought up by the WA in e-mail discussions.  The board discussed how to set expectations in the letter for member-investors; some directors were uncertain about sending a letter.  Michael moved to table the discussion until after the internal session on MISO financial details, Kenley seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.  The board agreed to leave current language as-is for new language for future MISO programs.

 

Internal Session

Scott moved to enter internal session at 12:43, Kenley seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.  The board discussed the D.6 Customer Treatment and Service policy monitoring report, the WA Operations Update, details on financing patio improvements, and specific MISO put-right requests.  Kenley moved to accept the D.6 report, Scott seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.  Kenley moved to authorize the WA to take out a loan not to exceed $30k, Annelies seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.  Kenley moved to approve a resolution from the board to the WA to process the three current requests in the order they were received, Ann seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.  Internal session ended at 1:49pm.

 

BREAK at 1:50

 

Member Extravaganza Wrap-up

The attending directors reported a good turnout.  Discussion at the extravaganza focused on running for the board.

 

Board Retreat Planning

Annelies suggests Schlitterbahn, Taos Co-op, Wheatsville, or Cooperation Texas and she will scout further.  The board’s topics will include patronage, board confidentiality, expansion, state of the Austin beer scene, and member engagement and the date was scheduled for August 8.  Joe and Charles offered to grab the morning’s sustenance.

 

Leadership Development Committee

Michael will take over the chair and Joe will remain involved.  The committee reported that the election schedule was firming up, a newsletter article will be drafted, and discussed opportunities for candidates to come to an orientation session.  Four members are interested in running for the three board slots open.

 

Kenley moved to adjourn at 2:33pm, Annelies seconded, vote passed 8-0-0.

Vote in the 2015 Co-op Elections!

It’s that time of the year again! Become an active member in the democratic process of your Co-op and vote in our Co-op’s elections.

The election for Black Star Co-op’s Board of Directors begins Wednesday, September 30th and continues through Friday, October 30th. Our Board elections are conducted by single transferable vote, so the ballot is extremely simple. Just rank the candidates in your order of preference. Co-op member-owners will be able to vote online, at the brewpub, or at the 5th anniversary party.

Meet the candidates online or in person at the 5th anniversary party and then cast your ballot online or in person at the brewpub.

You may rank the candidates in order of preference from 1-3, with 1 being the most preferential and 3 the least. However, you don’t have to rank them all; you can leave fields blank if you’re not comfortable ranking the candidate. The election will close, and all ballots will be counted by the end of the day Friday, October 30th and the results will be announced the following week. And don’t forget to vote for which community groups we support next year!

The following non-profits are currently on the slate for our support in 2016 based on suggestions submitted to us in the Spring Member-Owners Survey. If there’s an organization that you think deserves our Co-op’s support, there is a write-in option on the ballot. 

Community Support Organizations

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